Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points to lead the United States to a 90-81 victory over Spain Friday in a basketball World Cup warm-up for both teams. Khris Middleton added 12 points and Kemba Walker scored 11 with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals for the United States, who head to Australia on Saturday where they will play two friendlies against the Aussies and one against Canada before the World Cup starts in China on August 31. Marc Gasol, who helped the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title last season after a mid-season trade from Memphis, led Spain with 19 points.
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol is perfectly fine with Kawhi Leonard leaving for his hometown Los Angeles Clippers.
Dan Woike: DeMarcus Cousins' injury changes future for Lakers, Anthony Davis LOS ANGELES – What do you make of this, another sign of bad news for the Lakers' latest crack at a title? Maybe you view DeMarcus Cousins signing late in free agency as a lottery scratcher – a low-risk investment that if it hits, great, and if not, you're only out a couple of bucks. You probably felt counting on Cousins – and specifically, counting on Cousins' body – after an Achilles tendon injury was such a risky bet that the Lakers weren't making any plans for him in pen. How could he headline this team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis unless you can rewind time and un-tear those tendons. Elton Brand, Kobe Bryant,
Host William Lou is joined by Josh Hart and Joe Wolfond to pass the hours in the dead of summer.
As ESPN does throughout the off-season, their resident numbers guy, Kevin Pelton, has attacked the win projections for next year for each NBA team. As KP points out, next season is a wide open one. There are what look to be some very good teams, but no out-and-out dominant squad (like the Warriors of most of the past five years). What's more, the defending champion Toronto Raptors are not quite the team they were last season, which complicates things further. If nothing else, it makes for some interesting forecasting work. So then, where do the Raptors stand after all of Pelton's complicated statistical chicanery, which involves RPM and SCHOENE and more math than I care to address right now?
In the next edition of New York Knicks Trade History, a look back at the deal that sent Antonio Davis to the Toronto Raptors. Expansive trades have summarized the New York Knicks history over the past two decades. Multi-team and deals featuring more than five or six players have become normal in this time, including the Eddy Curry and Stephon Marbury transactions. However, smaller trades made their own impact on the organization, including a 2006 deal with the Toronto Raptors. What the Knicks traded Antonio Davis left the Knicks in a midseason trade to the Raptors, following just 36 games with the organization. He had averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2005-06 and even started 31
CLUTCH Summary: The 2019 NBA All-Star game featured five first-time All-Stars. Four of those players — Khris Middleton, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic and D'Angelo Russell — came from the Eastern Conference. Nikola Jokic was the lone first-time All-Star from the Western Conference. Guys like Pascal Siakam, Jamal Murray, CJ McCollum, De'Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum can be next. The 2019-20 NBA season is two months away, but it's never too early to project which players could make the leap towards stardom. Here are five players capable of earning their first All-Star nod for the 2020 NBA exhibition contest, which will be played at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Pascal Siakam With Kawhi Leonard bolting
The Toronto Raptors received a Christmas game for the first time since 2001 and, according to the NBA’s scheduling heads, all it took was bringing the Larry O’B to Canada.
Happy 65-days-since-the-Raptors-won-a-Championship! Man, this season is going to be quite the victory lap. Last Summer, Toronto fans were itching to get the season started to see Kawhi Leonard in a Raptors uniform. This Summer, while there's definitely a yearning to witness the franchise's first ring ceremony, it's also become apparent that Raps fans have been basking in the glory of a title. In this week's episode, we discussed Kyle Lowry's future, the Raptors' future (schedule), and a trip down memory lane FROM DOWNTOWN! On This Week's Episode: Kyle Lowry recently joined the many (many!) NBA stars to drop out of Team USA participation. However, the bigger news — at least locally — was his recent
Should the Raptors make Pascal Siakam their cornerstone of the future? Will Brandon Ingram cash in for the Pelicans? The Crossover identifies premier rookie-scale extension candidates before October's deadline.